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1 State Priority #1. Basic Services Qualified and/or credentialed teachers in science Appropriately credentialed and trained teacher in every science classroom Credential information; record of participation in professional learning; annual teacher surveys Invest in Science Resource Teachers at elementary school level Middle school teachers' credentials are aligned with district NGSS middle school implementation models (E.g., preferred integrated model) Hire credentialed high school science instructors in science disciplines, specifically Earth Science. Aligned and adequate materials for NGSS Every classroom utilizes NGSS aligned materials School purchasing data; teacher survey; classroom observations/walkthroughs Adopt NGSS designed or aligned materials (see Toolkit Resources List) Ensure access to supplemental resources to support NGSS implementation Adequate facilities for science instruction Every school has adequate facilities for science instruction Reporting by teachers that facilities are adequate for science instruction Elementary & Middle schools: Match existing facilities to meet science program student-learning goals. High schools: Ensure all students have equitable access to adequate laboratory facilities, including creating flexible learning spaces in high schools to support science laboratory lessons State Priority #2. Implementation of State Standards All teachers will be supported in teaching the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Appropriately trained teacher in every science classroom Credential information; record of participation in professional learning; annual teacher surveys Provide intentionally planned and designed professional learning for all grade level teachers around NGSS Provide opportunities for job-embedded professional learning opportunities (e.g., peer to peer coaching) Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) at all school sites around improving science instruction * = required by state STEM Toolkit, February 2016 Page 1

2 Comprehensive plan for NGSS implementation District on track to be ready for full implementation of NGSS by fall 2018 Semi-annual review of plan objective vs. accomplishments District engages in NGSS implementation planning and documents the resulting plan with annual goals and objectives Implement syscience for coaching and peer observation to provide ongoing feedback on NGSS implementation Consistent integration of science across disciplines Number of hours teachers report using science integration strategies Teacher survey, classroom observations/walkthroughs, master schedules Elementary school teachers use time flexibly to teach science and other core disciplines Middle and high school teachers collaborate and plan instructional integration across disciplines at school sites Provide professional learning on science integration instruction Plan for science materials and resource management Every classroom has the materials and resources needed to implement selected math and science instructional materials Teacher survey, school site action plans Create district instructional materials management center Ensure all classrooms have resources to order science materials/consumables at end of year Appoint point person at every site to collect information on science materials and lab equipment needs. State Priority #3. Course Access Adequate time provided for science Number and configuration of weekly/minutes provided for science; at minimum follow publisher guidelines for the materials used. School data and teacher surveys Elementary schools ensure adequate (amount and configuration) time provided for NGSS learning. Middle schools ensure Math/Science combination classes allocate appropriate time for science instruction High school implement the NGSS model of three years of science instruction for all students * = required by state STEM Toolkit, February 2016 Page 2

3 Equitable access to science instruction; schools serving high proportions of high need students offer a full range of coursework. Identified courses and established number of hours for high need students to participate in science Course offerings and enrollment of high-need students; intervention data per student Elementary schools ensure interventions and pullouts do not happen during science time Middle and high schools ensure course admittance is determined by appropriate measures (e.g., math scores should not be used for science course admittance) Ensure Transitional Kindergarten classrooms have access to science learning opportunities. Appropriate and sufficient variety of course offerings in secondary Number, range, and accessibility of course offerings School course offering data; number of students enrolled in science courses; number of classrooms engaging in science partnerships Create appropriate and sufficient science course offerings in secondary schools for a range of student trajectories, including those that support career prep, count for college entrance, and provide honors/ap credit. Partner with science enrichment organizations, including environmental literacy organizations State Priority #4. Student Achievement District science assessments Students will demonstrate grade level proficiency in science District science assessments at all grade levels. Develop and implement districtwide science content assessment to provide student learning data as bridge until NGSS assessments are released. Develop and implement districtwide writing benchmark assessment around science content and hands-on activity. Science course completion Increase the number and percentage of students who complete science graduation and college requirements (C and D requirements for UC admissions). Transcript data Provide secondary science teachers with training on how to retain students in courses (e.g., AVID, Restorative Practices, etc.) Collaborative trainings between middle and high school counselors to facilitate student and parent understanding of high school graduation requirements in science. Clear pathway for all students to complete the C and D requirements of A-G through access to science and lab courses, with targeted supports for high need students. * = required by state STEM Toolkit, February 2016 Page 3

4 NGSS assessments (TBD) Students will demonstrate proficiency in Science at tested grade levels (TBD) Results on new NGSS state science assessment (TBD) Offer opportunities for teachers to become familiar with NGSS assessments when they are available Support teachers to utilize NGSS aligned/designed embedded and formative assessments State Priority #5. Other Student Outcomes Science Learning Activation Students' levels of science activation will increase annually by (insert goal here for all and for subgroups) Science Learning Activation Assessment (see Science learning opportunities should support development of fascination with science, value of science, competency belief in science, and scientific sensemaking Science learning opportunities should provide access to rich materials; social interaction; and activating learning experiences (see Out-of-school activities and achievements Students participation in quality out-of-school science activities and achievements will increase annually Student surveys; number of students participating in science activities and internships; number of partnerships per year. Schools provide information and access to quality out-of-school science activities and achievements Offer opportunities to extend science learning outside the classroom (e.g. clubs, lunchtime activities, science education in the garden, field trips, maker spaces, etc.) Establish high school and middle school internship programs with local science businesses and organizations 21st Century/Deeper Learning Skills Students' scores on a selected assessment of 21st Century Skills will increase annually by (insert goal here for all and for subgroups) Selected assessment of 21st Century Skills Teachers receive training on 21st century teaching and learning School sites establish 21st Century learning environments across classrooms and site * = required by state STEM Toolkit, February 2016 Page 4

5 State Priority #6. Student Engagement Positive engagement in science learning experiences Increase student participation in science activities that support cognitive, behavioral, and affective engagement in learning Student survey of cognitive, behavioral, and affective engagement in science learning; Number of science or environmental education field trips/experiences per year; number of students participating in science fair Science learning opportunities should provide access to rich materials; social interaction; and activating learning experiences (see Expose students to science experiences through environmental education, field-based learning opportunities in partnership with community and outdoor education organizations Engage college and graduate students as mentors in science learning Provide resources for schools/districts to participate in Science Fairs Increase the number and percentage of students participating in out-of-school science clubs and programs Highly engaged students at all grades Science course enrollment, attendance and completion* Enrollment numbers and attendance data from science courses; suspension/expulsion rates at all grade levels Increase the number and percentage of students from underrepresented groups who enroll in and complete science courses Provide targeted support services to help high needs students engage in and succeed in science coursework Provide access to science courses for students with behavioral issues State Priority #7. Family Involvement Parents understand and utilize avenues to increase involvement in their students' science learning Participation/attendance at school and community science learning and engagement offerings Number of events per site per year; number of parents engaged on science committee Provide resources and supports for Family Science Nights or Festivals Create a community science education leadership team that includes parents to support the district's science/ngss implementation plan and programs. Facilitate exhibitions and opportunities for students to showcase their science achievements, learning and endeavors with peers, parents, and the community * = required by state STEM Toolkit, February 2016 Page 5

6 Opportunities for parents to learn more about NGSS Each district/school will offer a minimum of one opportunity per year for parents to learn more about NGSS Parent attendance data District/schools will offer materials and opportunities for parents to learn more about NGSS Parent Education Nights Parent representation on district science leadership team. State Priority #8. School Climate Inclusive science activities--not just provided to advanced learners Students and parents feel included and welcome at/in science activities; students feel a sense of pride in their school and efforts in classroom Student and parent surveys; participation and attendance data; (survey data); disaggregated data about participation in science activities (in and after school) Implement opportunities to strengthen school community through school-wide engagement in science activities and programs (e.g., Saturday Science Program) School sites focus on science topic for an extended period of time during the school year (e.g., Ocean Science Month) Improve access to virtual showcase opportunities of science learning through district, school, and science websites. * = required by state STEM Toolkit, February 2016 Page 6

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